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Tomorrow’s Land is not just a place you can visit, it’s a place where you can explore and create initiatives for both people and planet to flourish
The effects of globalisation, rapid technological development and financial crisis have generated an intense debate about issues that societies are forced to face in our modern world. Long-standing problems such as unemployment, increasing inequalities within societies and climate change, among others, remain challenges for governments and communities across the world. Solving these issues is a challenge for the next generation of social innovators who won’t be relying on traditional forms of charity and government-run projects to do so, but rather on their own social innovations and ventures creating social value for society as a whole.
Central to this prevailing discourse is the growing concern that this generation of pioneers are not always able to deal with the rapidly changing context and are not appropriately equipped to cope with the old and new problems that societies face today. Notwithstanding the growing importance of social entrepreneurs in our modern world, we believe that never, more than today, has the need for social innovation and social innovators been so imperative.
Tomorrow’s Land is a collaborative effort to contribute to this need. The partners in the Tomorrow’s Land project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, joined together to create a way to support the next generation of social innovators to be fully capable of influencing and contributing to the development of a better, more inclusive and innovative society. Six European partner organisations including Regenerus (UK), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Advancis (Portugal), Bespoke (Denmark), POLIMI (Italy), SIC (Latvia) are working together to ensure that our results are ready to support social innovators in the European context. Our aim is to better prepare this next generation to tackle the growing problems within our society. Throughout the project, consortium will create resources to support educators who are training young social innovators – the people working to develop practical new solutions to social challenges.
Since December 2016 project partners have undertaken creative research and developed a learning framework for social innovators. This framework underpins on-going activities to develop an online learning platform and facilitator training programme. The project partners have adapted EntreComp to create value to their own learning framework for social innovators. The first draft of the social innovator’s learning framework is available in the Strategic Foresight report that can be downloaded here: http://www.tomorrowsland.eu/formulaacuterio-report.html. The Tomorrow’s Land learning framework is an open resource that can be used to inform the development of entrepreneurship competences particularly for social innovators.
Next steps The Tomorrow’s Land social innovation framework and learning programme is being piloted during 2018. Partners will test resources, facilitate workshops and share findings with stakeholders across the EU. Overall, the project plans to build competences that will help stimulate new social innovations through Europe-wide collaborations, and to contribute to other emerging social innovation and competency frameworks.
Currently everyone has just to join the project online for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and become a pioneer of Tomorrow´s Land. The pilot edition of the Tomorrow´s Land MOOC is now open for registration. Tomorrow´s Land MOOC aims to ignite the creative thinking to help the next generation open up their mind to new possibilities, to design and shape social innovations to make the world a better place. In Tomorrow’s Land we are shifting the mindset, becoming a new kind of observer and creator, who looks for opportunities to solve some of the social challenges we face and collaborates to create a brighter future. The MOOC combines theory, inspiration, practice, self-reflection and discussion and is designed as a journey to the future.
This article originally appeared in University Industry Innovation Magazine 2018 Special Issue. The full version of the article can be found on p. 11
Balzhan Orazbayeva is a Research Associate at Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, Münster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)
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